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Wife of official, infected with COVID-19, criticizes quarantine center in Hama

Editing: Hazem Halak Khaled Abdulhamid Smesem |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/06/30 08:41
Update date: 2020/06/30 08:52

Hama - SMART

The wife of the head of the Hama Syndicate of Pharmacists, who is infected with COVID-19, criticized the situation they are suffering from in the quarantine center at the National Hospital of the Syrian government forces controlled-city of Hama, Central Syria.

In a voice record published on social media, the wife said that the situation in the quarantine is very bad, confirming that they are staying there in favor of the Minister of Health, noting that they called on government officials to complete the isolation period at home.

The voice record revealed that dozens of people infected COVID-19 are in the quarantine of the Hama National Hospital. It also revealed the chaos in the city and non-commitment to the minimum measures of social distancing and health protection, as the Ministry of Health continue to restrain of announcing the real number of COVID-19 cases.   

A medical source from the Hama National Hospital reported to SMART on Monday, that they registered six new COVID-19 cases, including the head of the Hama Pharmacists Syndicate, pointing to the concerns of the people of the Sabouniyah neighborhood, as dozens of them contacted the infected official.

On Mar. 22, 2020, the Syrian government registered the first COVID-19 case in its controlled areas and gradually, the number increased to reach 269 cases, amidst international warnings about the risk of COVID-19 spreading among Syrians.

On Dec. 31, 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has infected more than 10 million people until June 28, 2020, more than 500,000 of them died, and about five million recovered, according to the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s statistics.

COVID-19 is an infectious disease, caused by SARS-CoV-2, that spreads from person-to-person and by respiratory droplets. These droplets fall on surrounding surfaces, so other people could be infected when they touch these surfaces by touching their eyes, noses, or mouths. People could be infected if they inhale droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it is important to keep a one-meter distance (three feet) away from infected people.

Infection symptoms include body aches, blocked nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. The symptoms begin as mild and develop gradually. Some people become infected without showing any symptoms and without feeling ill. About 80% of infected people recover from the disease without any special treatment.